1911 Brush Model E Runabout  Engine no. 12617

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Lot 462
1911 Brush Model E Runabout
Engine no. 12617

US$ 23,000 - 28,000
£ 18,000 - 22,000
1911 Brush Model E Runabout
Engine no. 12617
When in 1907 Anson P. Brush witnessed the birth of the first car to bear his name, he was already a veteran of the fledgling American automobile industry. Brush had been part of the design team for the first Cadillac in 1902 and had also designed the earliest of the Oaklands and been involved with General Motors through Billy Durant.

When the time came to form his own automobile firm, backing was provided by Frank Briscoe, brother of would-be empire builder Benjamin Briscoe. In 1910, Brush was absorbed into Ben Briscoe’s conglomerate, the United States Motor Company. But when US Motors failed, so did Briscoe.

Good times remained for Brush, sales where brisk and the reputation of his little single cylinder cars was very good. That first 1907 Brush was powered by a modest six-horsepower single and rode on a 74 inch wheelbase. The chassis and axles were of wood and suspension was by coil spring. According to the late Beverly Rae Kimes, top speed was in the neighborhood of 35 mph for this dual chain-driven, $500 car. Gradually, horsepower and wheelbase increased slightly. Briefly in 1908 there was a twin offered on an 88 inch wheelbase, but it only lasted for the year before the business reverted exclusively to one lungers.

By the time this example was built in 1911, the little single was good for 10 horsepower and the wheelbase had been stretched to 80 inches. The car was restored some years ago using a good original car as its basis by Clyde Brown of Camden, Maine, a knowledgeable enthusiast and fan of the marque.

Presented in period correct livery of dark green with cream pinstriping and wheels, the button back black leather upholstery is thought to be the original. This well proportioned runabout is equipped with a pair of brass headlights, but no top or top frame is present.

The Horseless Carriage Club of America list a few dozen of these cars across the U.S. suggesting that while being eligible for their events, there are also a number of like minded enthusiasts to compare notes with should a future owner need any help in using the car.
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